Technology Development Programme

One of the key objectives of the Department is to promote technology development in various fields. The Department has been supporting technology development projects under its Technology Development Programme (TDP). The Programme supports activities aimed at developing and integrating technologies to evolve technology systems both in the advanced/emerging areas and in traditional sectors/areas. Under the Programme, feasibility of fresh ideas/ concepts is assessed for their potential conversion into useful technology/product.

Mandate of TSDP:

The mandate of Technology Development Programmes (TDP) is to convert proof-of-concepts for development of pre-competitive/commercial technologies/ techniques/ processes. The commercialization of these technologies needs further assessment/incubation, which does not fall in the scope of the Technology Development Programme. Transfer of technology developed under the project to the industry should ideally be the onus of the host institutions. Proposals of incremental R&D over the existing technologies may be considered for support. Theme based concept proposals for proof of feasibility will not be considered under TSDP-DST. Only full fledged complete proposals for development of technology/process/product will be considered under TSDP. Projects related to design and development of Software/IT, as required for products and processes, as a part of technology development project shall be considered. Pure software development does not fall in the scope of the programme. Technology upgradation of Industry Clusters in select areas should be taken up under TSDP. The proposals where in all/most of the comments are negative will be considered by the Committee, in absentia. The proposal where in the project cost is less than Rs.30:00 lakhs will be considered, in absentia.


The Programme has two major objectives:

  • Development and integration of technologies in identified areas.
  • Promote application of advanced technology for improving the performance,value addition and exportability of various products.


Specific objectives of TDP :

The specific objectives of the Programme are to:

  • develop and integrate technologies following a holistic approach in identified areas
  • promote application of modern/advanced technologies to socio-economic problem solving
  • encourage developments in application of R&D activities;
  • promote activities aimed at improving technology, technique, material, methods and other appropriate activities conducive for development of technology status in identified areas.


Core-Areas for inviting proposals under TDP:

Some of the typical areas in which Proposals can be submitted are Glass and Ceramics Technology Up-gradation., Molecular/Biomolecular Electronics/Conducting Polymer and Biosensors, Waste (Plastic, Hospital & Electronic) Utilization and Management, Laser/ Plasmas/ Microwave Technology, Development of technology for Alternate Fuels, Fuel Conservation, Efficient Utilization of Fuels, Innovative Civil Infrastructure Technologies etc.. The above list is not exhaustive and Proposals in other innovative areas are equally welcome if the activity is perceived to be useful by DST for technology advancement in the country and is not being taken up under any other major R&D programmes of the Government of India.

Focus of the Programme:

  • Products or technique/process/technology aimed at specific end use
  • User (industry, artisans, cooperatives etc.) involvement and association.
  • Applied research and development


Methodology of implementation:

  • Identification of niche areas for technology development initiatives in the identified areas not being taken up by any other government agency.
  • Identification of the experts and the institutions capable of formulating and implementing technology development activities.
  • Soliciting proposal through advertisement in scientific/ technological journals


Evaluation criteria:

  • Availability of clear statement of quantified objectives and deliverables.
  • Technical feasibility and economic viability in view of availability options at the end of development.


Evaluation mechanism:

  • Peer review to facilitate broad based consultation
  • Recommendations by respective core group (PAC/EAC) for financial support


Eligibility for submission of the proposals under TDP:

The Project Proposals could be submitted for financial support by scientists/engineers/ technologists working in academic institutions/registered societies/R&D institutions/laboratories having adequate infrastructure/facilities to carry out Technology Development work/prototype building.


Under TSDP, DST always prefers Multi-disciplinary, Multi-institutional, Industry associated mega budget project for development of technology, technique, process, product etc. including field trials, up-scaling of the developed technology.


Under the TSDP the emphasis would be laid on technology development to solve problems of industry/society.Proposals with basic R&D would be submitted to the Science & Engineering Research Baord (SERB), an autonomous organization under DST for funding support. Promoting the development of indigenous technologies relevant for the country, covering small, medium and large scale sectors is one of the prime responsibilities of the Department particularly under the Technology Development Programme (TDP) of the department. Like in many other programmes/ schemes of the department it provides partial financial support to relevant projects selected through a peer review mechanism. more..[PDF]199.91 KB

List of On-Going Projects:[PDF]138.88 KB Eleventh Plan
2004-05[PDF]28.93 KB 2005-06[PDF]33.06 KB 2006-07[PDF]88.58 KB 2007-08[PDF]97.8 KB 2008-09[PDF]111.49 KB 2009-10[PDF]29.11 KB 2010-11[PDF]143.33 KB 2011-12[PDF]213.17 KB
Twelvth Plan
2012-13[PDF]186.19 KB 2013-14[PDF]197.46 KB
Some of the major projects supported under TSDP:
Sl. No Project Title
1 Design and Development of 42 GHz, 200 kW CW/ Long Pulse Gyrotron[PDF]183.69 KB
2 Generation of Solar Hydrogen[PDF]157.92 KB
3 Bacteriorhodopsin (bR)[PDF]90.3 KB
5 Sulphate of potash (SOP)[PDF]147.95 KB
7 Combustion, Material Compatibility, and Engine Tribology Investigations in a Biodiesel Fuelled Turbo-charged Transportation Engine[PDF]100.65 KB
8 Mobile Bridge Inspection Unit (MBIU)[PDF]193.1 KB
9 Development of FBG Based Distributed Strain Sensor System for Concrete   Bridges[PDF]117.12 KB
10 Setting-up of Centre on “Development of fabrication facilities for optoelectronic devices based on molecular, polymeric and composite materials” at IIT-Guwahati[PDF]96.36 KB
11 Setting-up of DST Center at National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi[PDF]104.42 KB
12 Alternative Analytical Technology (AAT) for testing Soil nutrients[PDF]119.66 KB
13 Development of High Power Microwave System for Tea Processing[PDF]57.32 KB
14 Biomaterial Devices for Limb Salvage Implant for Distal Femur, Proximal Tibia and Proximal Femur[PDF]15.88 KB
15 Hybrid Ultra capacitor (HUC)[PDF]32.64 KB
16 Plasma Treatment of Brass Valves to Improve Bonding with Rubber[PDF]88.2 KB
17 Flexible Microwave Substrates For Wireless Communication Applications[PDF]72.2 KB
18 Development of cost effective process for enhanced dye production from selected micro fungi Curvularia, Phoma, Pestalotiopsis sp., large scale testing and formulation as industrial textile dyes [PDF]224.71 KB
19 Micro-Fluidic Lab-On-a-Chip Sensor to Detect and Monito Viscosities for a Variety of Biochemical Applications[PDF]26.38 KB
20 Design of Ankle foot orthosis for patients with Diabetic foot ulcer[PDF]56.01 KB
21 Development  of  Value Added Products Utilizing Kota Stone Waste[PDF]124.73 KB
22 Development and Implementation of a Model Telepsychiatry Application for Delivering Mental Healthcare in Remote Areas (Using a medical knowledge-based decision support system)[PDF]249.26 KB
23 Intelligent Remote Health Monitoring for Bridge Systems[PDF]72.46 KB
24 Affordable Mass Housing using Glass Fibre Reinforced Gypsum (GFRG) Panels[PDF]57.34 KB
25 Low cost Dye Sensitized Solar Cell Technology : An alternative of Silicone Based Solar Cell[PDF]17.2 KB
26 Development of Technology For Use of Fly Ash As An Alternate Material In Pavement Construction  Through  Accelerated  Pavement Testing[PDF]17.45 KB
27 Development of new designs and new products based on the indigenous material, skills and infrastructure available at Purdilnagar bead & bangle making cluster[PDF]60.44 KB
28 Utilization of Banana Stem for Paper Making[PDF]76.74 KB
29 Development of Industrial Scale Atmospheric Pressure Air Plasma System to Treat Angora Wool for HIFEED, Ranichauri and Weaver’s Society, Kullu[PDF]214.17 KB
30 Development & Setting-up of pilot scale production of aerogel supercapacitors for electronic applications[PDF]36.66 KB
31 Facility for Rheo Pressure Die Casting[PDF]165.47 KB
32 Development of LTCC materials for General Purpose Applications[PDF]187.54 KB
33 Development of a Wireless Sensor Network based automated feed uptake and animal development monitoring scheme for semi-rural dairy operations.[PDF]96.25 KB
34 Design & Development of Multimodal Optical Microscope usin Fourier Optical Image Processing[PDF]3.29 MB

Gyrotron is a high frequency, high power microwave source and being continuously used and explored to be used in various applications such as plasma generation, energy generation, spectroscopy, quality assurance, security, etc. throughout the world. Seeing the importance of gyrotron, Department of science and Technology (DST) has ventured in this high specialized field of research through sponsorship of ‘Multi-institutional Project for Design and Development of 42 GHz, 200 kW gyrotron’ for Indian Tokamak system. The institutes involved are CSIR-CEERI-Pilani, IPR-Gandhinagar, SAMEER-Mumbai, IIT-Roorkee and IIT-BHU-Varanasi with CSIR-CEERI as the nodal agency.more..[PDF]265.65 KB

This is a multi-institutional research project undertaken by a consortium comprising IIT Kanpur, IIT Madras, Dayalbagh Educational Institute Agra, IIT Jodhpur, CECRI, Karaikudi and BARC, Mumbai. The effort was initiated and supported by the Technology Systems Development Program of DST, New Delhi. The project aims at developing scalable designs of solar hydrogen generation systems using multiple technologies. Besides bridging the technical challenges that exists at multiple lengths scales in the development of a solar energy conversion technology, the initiative was planned to bridge the complementary strengths of universities and national laboratories so as to map the laboratory-scale prototype to the corresponding field-scale device. more...[PDF]341.94 KB

Rhodopsin, as the fundamental photosynthetic protein in the retina of the eye for vision purposes, was known for a long time. The fact that they can be produced using bacteria like the Halobacterium Salinarum was observed about forty years ago. The technique of making thin films of it for engineering and bio-engineering devices is a later development of about thirty years ago. These photoactive biomolecules are in great demand for the development of optical and electro-optical sensors, Optical switches, logic gates, Ultra Fast RAMs, Security and defense applications etc., more...[PDF]186.43 KB

In the quest for novel domains of S&T exploration, FERROFLUIDS is found to be an exciting area of scientific and technological pursuit with excellent academic interests, research opportunities, developmental challenges, application avenues, device innovation prospects, and business openings etc. In the global scene, monumental work is done in Ferrofluids, their Flow Behavior, Magneto Rheological Fluids, Magneto Rheological Finishing, Electro Rheological Fluids, Magneto-Hydro Dynamics, Magnetic Ionic Liquids and many associated areas of ferrofluids in terms of synthesis, characterization, application areas, device innovation and development. May patents have been filed and good number of commercial activity is also in progress, using the fruits of S&T pursuits in this area. more...[PDF]1.18 MB

Under a Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India sponsored programme, CSIR-Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSIR-CSMCRI) is setting up a 0.75 TPD test bed – for scale-up, demonstration and validation of institute’s internationally patented technology for co-production of sulphate of potash (SOP – FCO grade), ammonium sulphate (FCO grade) and ultra-pure magnesia, utilising K-rich mixed salts obtained from sea bittern. The project culminated through a joint initiative of National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council, Department of Science & Technology and Department of Fertiliser on promotion of Indigenous potash technology. more...[PDF]352.39 KB

Karanja (Pongamia glabra), is projected to be one of the most important feed stocks along with jatropha for biodiesel production in India. In India organized cultivation of karanja crop is being done over 4 lakh acres of land (Fig 1). Eventhough, biodiesel has potential as an attractive alternative to diesel, the economic viability of biodiesel has not yet established in the country. Hence, exploitation of the by-products of biodiesel industry like oilseed cakes, glycerol is the need of the hour to improve the overall economics of the biodiesel industry. more...[PDF]430.48 KB

The movement for use of biodiesel as a fuel in India is gaining momentum. A biodiesel life cycle study carried out in 1998, which was jointly sponsored by the USDOE (US Department of Energy) and the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) concluded that biodiesel reduces net CO2 emissions by 78% compared to mineral diesel. India is an agro-climatically diverse country and it has more than 300 different varieties of oil seeds available, which can be put to use to produce biodiesel to power our transport sector. However engine technology has undergone tremendous improvements in past decade therefore there is a need to assess the suitability of biodiesel with the modern diesel engines. more...[PDF]195.44 KB

  1. Design and Development of 42 GHz, 200 kW CW/ Long Pulse Gyrotron.
  2. Generation of Solar Hydrogen
  3. Bacteriorhodopsin
  5. Sulphate Of Potash
  7. Combustion, Material Compatibility, and Engine Tribology Investigations in a Biodiesel Fuelled Turbo-charged Transportation Engine
Crisp Summary/write-up of the recently completed projects:
Sl. No. Project Title
1 Rejuvenation of traditional pottery making by applying advanced biotechniques[PDF]3.86 MB
2 Production of Karanja Biodiesel and its byproducts for Agricultural application[PDF]38.66 KB
3 Pilot Studies on Optimization of Biomethanation Process Parameters for Biogas Production from Jatropha and Pongamia Oil Seed Cakes.[PDF]955.9 KB
4 Biodiesel testing lab[PDF]18.32 KB
5 Microbial fuel cell development for production of electricity from waste biomass.[PDF]683.91 KB
6 Experiments and modeling for system-wide control of biodiesel engines and after treatment systems.[PDF]400.41 KB
7 Development of Magnesia Hercynite bricks.[PDF]48.48 KB
8 Development of Magnesia Galaxite bricks for Cement Rotary kiln.[PDF]50.68 KB
9 Low temperature healing, photocatalytic self cleaning coatings for solar cell covers and glass surfaces.[PDF]299.34 KB
10 Internet Multimedia Search Engine for Information Retrieval in distributed Environment.[PDF]226.42 KB
11 Electroanalytical Sensor for Pesticides[PDF]106.75 KB
12 Design and Development of Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED) and Photovoltaic (PV) devices[PDF]600.6 KB
13 Developing Hydrogen Gas Sensor based on conducting Polymer nano-composite materials.[PDF]1.05 MB
14 Development of Rare Earth Permanent Magnet Stepper Motor.[PDF]78.99 KB
15 Development of FBG Based Distributed Strain Sensor System for Concrete Bridges.[PDF]1.05 MB
16 Regenerated Leather[PDF]345.57 KB
17 Development of High Power Microwave System for Tea Processing.[PDF]543.11 KB
18 Development of thin film or purple membrane.[PDF]24.66 KB
19 A nanocomposite comprising of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) embedded in ferroelectric Poly (vinylidene fluoride) PVDF polymer matrix[PDF]111.04 KB
20 Development of Electrochemical Hybrid Supercapacitors based on Conducting Polymer Electrodes and Polymer Electrolytes for Energy Storage.[PDF]1.77 MB
21 Development of one Prototype of Mobile Bridge Inspection Unit[PDF]68.68 KB
22 Eco-friendly bricks: A new material in civil Engineering[PDF]51.68 KB
23 Plasma Treatment of Brass Valves to Improve Bonding with Rubber.[PDF]455.04 KB
24 Setting up of an industrial Scale Atmospheric Pressure Plasma system for Kullu Region to Improve Angora Wool Processing.[PDF]560.05 KB
25 Development of Continuous Mode Arsenic Removal Technology for Drinking Water Based on Indigenous Zerovalent Iron[PDF]291.04 KB

Format and Guidelines for submission of proposals under TSDP:

  1. Format for submission of the proposal for support under TSDP.[PDF]732.53 KB
  2. Guidelines for submission of the proposal for support under TSDP.[PDF]35.23 KB
  3. Terms & Conditions of the grant under TSDP[PDF]194.06 KB.
  4. Formats for:

For more information Contact :

Dr. Neeraj Sharma
Scientist G & Head (TDT)
Department of Science and Technology
Technology Bhavan
New Delhi-110 016
Telefax : 011-26964781
Email: - neerajs[at]nic[dot]in


Shri Sajid Mubashir
Scientist G
Department of Science and Technology
Technology Bhavan
New Delhi-110 016
Tele: 011-26512463
Email: - sajid[at]nic[dot]in